Michelle Forsyth's ethereal installation, Canopy, drew inspiration from a story about fire. In 1947, forest fires charred regions of southern Maine, including the town of Waterboro. Twenty-five cottages and significant land were destroyed in the area surrounding Little Lake Ossipee. Forsyth revisited the site of the destruction and photographed the present re-grown forest canopy. The artist translated the colors captured in these photographs into a canopy constructed of paper, glassine, wire, beads, yarn and sequins. Suspended from the gallery's ceiling, the brightly colored foliage incites a sense of wonder and rebirth.
An artist based in Salt Lake City, Joshua Luther investigates the construction of meaning through language and the validity of reality through perception. In his piece, pdqp, the artist specifically addresses the relativity of orientation. Pairing a profile headshot with a designated letter p, Luther presents a series of multiple views of the same photograph and the same letter. The orientation determines how we interpret both image and language. Through this simple experiment, the artist poses questions about the arbitrary relationship of the material signifier and the signified meaning.
Mark Burnette's prolific series of lyrical pictures express his depth of feeling for the vernacular of small towns of Virginia and West Virginia. Like the photographs of William Eggleston, Burnette's work explores the character and remarkable beauty of the everyday in his own region. These quietly poetic images - inspired by rusted cars, flea-markets, storefront windows, parking lots, signs, symbols and anything else that catches the photographer's eye derive an emotional resonance from careful attention to color, texture and time-of-day. His deceptively simple snapshot of a fortune-telling machine conjures a sense of mystery and fantasy in the internal and external landscapes of our pasts and our futures.
The oil paintings of Tae Hwang bring a sense of the surreal to everyday experiences. His impressionistic figures caught in gesture or repose exist within rooms as though in a scene from a dream. The few objects that appear in the paintings, such as floating oranges, flowers and plants, seem more symbolic than decorative or functional. Hwang creates the hazy suggestions of interior spaces through outlines and a wash technique.
David Andrew Frey is a New York-based artist, curator and technologist. He founded Culturehall in 2008 as a new way for artists to connect with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists. David received a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. He has also studied at the Camberwell College of art in London the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been involved with Internet-based technologies since 2000.
Tema Stauffer is a photographer based in Brooklyn and a curator for Culturehall. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received a MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Her work has been exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in New York, as well as galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. She teaches photography courses at William Paterson University and the School of the International Center of Photography, and co-taught a workshop at Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. She also writes a blog about photography, PalmAire. In 2011, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts.